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Crash kills Harlan County woman

A Harlan County woman died early Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash, state police reported.

April Williams, 34, of Baxter, was stopped in the northbound lane of U.S. 119, waiting to turn left to a side road, when 2003 Dodge truck driven by Michael Southerland, 19, of Wallins, hit her from the rear.

The impact knocked Williams' car into the path of a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Kim Simpson, 34, of Totz. Simpson's vehicle hit Williams' in the passenger side and knocked it into a guardrail, state police said.

Williams died at the scene.

Southerland and a passenger, Steven Coots, 18, of Cumberland, and Simpson and her passenger, Bradley Simpson, 16, were all taken to the Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital for treatment, state police said.

The wreck happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. in the Putney community. State police are continuing to investigate.

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